The Zapatistas represent a movement that originated among rural people in the southern state of Chiapas in Mexico and, over time, integrated left-wing intellectuals in Mexico City into its leadership. The group takes its name from Emiliano Zapata, a leading figure in the Mexican Revolution, and it continues to seek empowerment of indigenous people over their local resources, especially land. The Zapatistas believe that people’s voices need to be heard in the discussions and decisions that affect their lives. This movement remains popular among marginalized communities all over the world and especially among young people who see themselves as agents of change.
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